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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

IDIOMS with Idiom Land

Hi kids! Here's a nice tool to study or revise idioms!


Saturday, 28 January 2017

Songs about FRIENDSHIP!

WOULD

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

WOULD in "Would I Lie to You"

Monday, 23 January 2017

Monday, 9 January 2017

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

TUTORIAL per quizlet



Qualche anno fa creai un breve video che conteneva un cosiddetto "tutorial" (una guida) per Quizlet. Quel video è diventato ormai obsoleto dato che nel frattempo i gestori del sito hanno aggiornato e modificato numerose volte la piattaforma.

Le funzioni di base comunque sono rimaste le stesse e la novità più interessante resta, dal mio punto di vista, la possibilità di fare delle registrazioni con l'ausilio di un semplice microfono. Unico neo: il limite è di soli 30 secondi.

Altre novità (secondo me non molto entusiasmanti) sono l'introduzione di QUIZLET LIVE, un gioco a squadre da fare in classe (ai ragazzi piace molto, questo è innegabile, ma personalmente non ritengo sia molto efficace dal punto di vista degli apprendimenti) e GRAVITY, un gioco che ha soppiantato, ahimè, l'utilissimo e divertente SPACE RACE.

La nostra pagina è diventata talmente "densa" che si è rivelato più pratico raccogliere tutti i materiali in un blog creato ad hoc: Quizlet Profzara English Vocabulary Flashcards.

In questo link potete trovare un nuovo mini-tutorial, più sintetico del precedente ma rivisto e aggiornato. Questa volta però non si tratta di un video ma un vero e proprio set di Quizlet!
Enjoy!


Friday, 11 November 2016

BRING vs TAKE

BRING and TAKE are often confused and can be quite troublesome for students.
Here's a Quizlet set with pictures. I hope it's useful.
And this is another helpful link.




Sunday, 18 September 2016

Il dittongo /eə/

Hi kids!
I've just created a new Quizlet set on the diphthong /eə/. I've used the voice recording option (yeah, yeah... it's my voice!) so you can hear both the British and the American pronunciation. Remember, in American English you will hear the /r/ sound at the end of the word while you won't hear any /r/ sound in British English. Have a look at the videos as well and have fun!
Cheerio!










Friday, 1 July 2016

The brain dictionary

Where exactly are the words in your head? Scientists have created an interactive map showing which brain areas respond to hearing different words. The map reveals how language is spread throughout the cortex and across both hemispheres, showing groups of words clustered together by meaning. The beautiful interactive model allows us to explore the complex organisation of the enormous dictionaries in our heads.












Tuesday, 26 April 2016

would - conditional tense

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Future Simple - videos



Friday, 4 March 2016

used to










Friday, 13 November 2015

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

verbs used to describe body movements

Here are some verbs used to describe body movements

Quizlet set by QuizletProfzara




Sunday, 15 February 2015

verbs used to describe hand movements

Here are some verbs used to describe movements you can make with your hands or fingers.

Quizlet set  by  Quizlet  Profzara (20 verbs)
wave,  beckon,  scratch,  touch,  point,
poke,  pinch,  punch,  slap,  clap,
snap,  tap,  pat,  tickle,  fidget,
flick,  knock,  stroke,  rub,  shake hands.






 



Source: English at home

wave = when you move your hand (or hands) in the air to attract attention or to say goodbye   
"I'm over here!" she cried, as she waved her hands in the air.
stroke = use long movements of your hand down someone's skin (or an animal's fur)
"She stroked the cat as it sat on her lap."
tickle = lightly touch someone to make them laugh (because their skin is sensitive)
"She tickled the baby's feet."
pat = touch someone or something lightly with your open hand
"She patted the child gently on his arm and told him not to worry."
slap = use your open hand to hit someone or something
"He slapped at the mosquitoes."
punch = use your closed hand (fist) to hit someone or something
"When he won the match he punched his fist into the air in victory."
rip = tear something using both hands
"He read the letter then ripped it up."
scratch = use your nails on something
"He scratched the insect bite on his arm."
grab = take something quickly with your hand
"There was only one sandwich left on the plate and she grabbed it before her brother could get it."
flick = move something small away from you using your thumb and middle finger
"She flicked away the bug which was moving towards her."

Friday, 13 February 2015

verbs used to describe facial expression - verbs with the eyes




















Here are some useful resources to learn verbs that describe facial expressions. 
Have a look!
Animated faces and exercises by LearningChocolate
Quizlet Set (with PICTURES) by QuizletProfzara (18 verbs)

smile,   grin,   laugh,   nod,   shake your head,   
frown,   yawn,   blink,   wink,   
glance,   stare,   glare,   gaze, 
squint, cry, scream, shout, yell

Quizlet Set (with English definition)

List of terms used to describe facial expressions by MACMILLAN DICTIONARY

Some verbs with the eyes:
BLINK (with two eyes)
WINK (with one eye)
STARE (to have a long fixed look, can be aggressive)
GAZE (to have a long look at something. Like STARE but not aggressive)
GLARE (to have a long aggressive look)
PEEK (to have a little look, not necessarily hidden)
PEEP  (to have a little look but hidden)

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Little Things - One Direction

And here's a rrrrreally cute song you can use to revise some vocabulary on physical description.

your hand fits in mine
like it's made just for me
but bear this in mind
it was meant to be
and I’m joining up the dots
with the freckles on your cheeks
and it all makes sense to me

I know you’ve never loved
the crinkles by your eyes
when you smile
you’ve never loved
your stomach or your thighs
the dimples in your back
at the bottom of your spine
but I’ll love them endlessly

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

USA - Capitals & States

Hi kids!
Here are three super-cool videos about USA Capitals & States!
I'm also trying to do some Quizlet flashcards (but I haven't finished the one on capitals yet!)
Enjoy!








Friday, 7 September 2012

Getting ready to start


Bene ragazzi, si ricomincia! Ancora una manciata di giorni e saremo di nuovo tutti a scuola, carichi di nuove energie (mi auguro) e pronti per affrontare un altro anno insieme. Se qualcuno di voi è passato di qua durante l'estate avrà visto che ho lavorato ancora un po' a Quizlet, ho preparato un piccolo tutorial e ho creato (con il prezioso aiuto di mia sorella Stefania) una pagina con l'elenco completo degli argomenti. Appena l'aula multimediale sarà pronta ritorneremo alle nostre consuete attività. Nel frattempo, se qualcuno volesse "sgranchirsi" e togliersi un po' di ruggine, vi consiglio di ripassare soprattutto questi argomenti:
CLASSI SECONDE:
8 - parti del discorso che possono fungere da soggetto (alcuni esempi con: pronomi personali, dimostrativi, possessivi, lessico della parentela, genitivo sassone)
CLASSI TERZE:

Oltre agli argomenti precedenti (mica penserete di avere uno sconto sul programma, vero?) a voi di terza consiglio vivamente di ripassare anche i seguenti argomenti:

9 - malattie 
11 - negozi
Se volete cimentarvi in qualcosa di nuovo (mi rivolgo in particolare ai ragazzi di terza) provate con i colori, ce ne sono ben 32!
See you soon kids!

Thursday, 19 July 2012

In memory of Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino

“The Mafia is not invincible at all. 
It is a human fact and, like all human facts, it has a beginning, 
and it will also have an end. 
But we must realise that it is a very serious phenomenon 
and that you can’t win it claiming heroism on unarmed citizens, 
but engaging in this battle all the best forces of the institutions. "


Giovanni Falcone